(ONSITE) Watercolor Thursdays (Sep-Nov 2021)

This class is geared to facilitate those who have never painted and those who have advanced their skills. Most class sessions will include a demo and then time to work on the elements of the demo. Information on materials, including colors and “gimmicks”, and tools is given throughout the six-week period. The goal of this class is to encourage the joy of painting, while improving skills and knowledge. This is a “fun” class, so bring a sense of humor and whatever materials you have and enjoy.

Instructor Linda Lord is a self-trained artist and illustrator with over 16 years teaching experience in her studio and via the SC Watercolor Society; an Open Studio artist whose exhibitions include Cozumel, Mexico. Linda also publishes with a decorative art publisher.

(LIVE ONLINE) Painting Flowers in Watercolor

Painting flowers in watercolor can be learned by anyone.  This class is for you if you:

  • Have had some previous watercolor painting instruction.
  • Would like to be able to paint flowers in watercolor.
  • Would like to learn some easy techniques for making your flowers glow.
  • Want more confidence and skill painting flowers simply and beautifully.

This online workshop will provide a sequence of easy exercises designed to give you skill and success painting flowers.  The class will focus on the spontaneous representation of flowers rather than an attempt at careful realistic representation.  There will be a strong emphasis on the use of white space and composition.  The workshop will also cover: layout, composition, color mixing and blending for light, shade and shadow, brush techniques, graded washes, lost and found edges and more.  No matter how much previous instruction you have had, this workshop will have you painting flowers simply and beautifully.

Materials: Have your watercolor painting materials and some flowers (if you can)

Watercolor paint, palette, brush(s), a number 2 HB pencil, water container, cotton rag, kneaded eraser,  and watercolor paper, one full sheet torn down to 8–7.5” x 11” sheets or a watercolor block of 140 pound cold pressed paper.  7” x 10” or 9” x 12”. Robert will be demonstrating with the following colors:  Permanent Rose, Vermilion, Aureolin Yellow, Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna, Viridian or Hookers Green, Cobalt Blue, Phthalo Blue, Burnt Sienna.  Students are not required to have these colors. Just use what you have.

Handout: A handout will be emailed to each student to print out prior to the first class session.

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák, FAAR, has been making drawing and watercolor painting fun and easy to learn for 35 years. He is a watercolor artist and speaker on subjects of creativity in business and education.  His books include:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing without Fear, Experiential Drawing, and The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, The Magic of Drawing, Selling Art 101 and his latest book, A Book About Nothing.

 

 

(LIVE ONLINE) The Magic of Watercolor

Anyone can paint watercolors when they know the magic of the medium!  This class will teach you the secrets—everything from the foundation basics to more advanced techniques.  You will learn how to:
  • use the magic of the medium
  • use different brush techniques
  • mix any color
  • paint people, landscapes, trees, and other things
  • take advantage of the white paper
  • achieve luminous transparent washes and much much more
In this hands-on class you will learn a variety of watercolor magic with this remarkable medium painting abstract, landscape, and still life subjects.  You will paint lively watercolors to express your creativity and nourish your heart and soul.  Whether you are painting in your home, traveling, vacationing, or on a weekend outing, you will easily be able to incorporate these skills.  This class will prepare you for a lifetime of watercolor painting pleasure. Beginners and more advanced students are welcome. We will be painting from in class demonstrations and simple drawings you will make from the handout materials.
Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvořák has been showing people how to have fun drawing and painting for 35 years. He is a watercolor artist and public speaker on the subject of creativity in education and business.  He has worked as an architectural designer and is a former professor of architecture at the Universities of Oregon and California, Berkeley.  He is the author of six books on drawing and painting:  The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Magic of Drawing, Travel Drawing and Painting, and The Pocket Drawing Book. His latest book is: A Book About Nothing.
Materials:  A small watercolor block. 7” x 10” or one sheet of watercolor paper 22” x 30” torn to 8 sheets of 7 1/2” x 11”. A palette of watercolor paint or a watercolor pan set. A round watercolor brush #10 or #12, or a Chinese calligraphy brush. A flat 1” brush or a 1” Hake brush. A No. 2 HB Pencil. (sharp). A kneaded eraser. A pint jar for water. A cotton rag. Some tissues. A comprehensive handout will be emailed to you and you will be required to print it out, in color if possible.

 

(ONSITE) Pastel Painting (Aug-Sept)

The perfect way to start the weekend… Loosen up and have fun with pastels!  Using expressive marks and color we will paint vibrant landscapes and still life. The essentials of pastel painting will be covered including approaches and methods of application, pastels from hard to soft, surface possibilities, color theory and under painting. Demos, problem solving, and lots of individual instruction are included. This class is appropriate for both beginners in pastel and those who are experienced with the medium. Just bring whatever pastels you may have and explore the possibilities of this versatile medium!

 

Instructor Joan Hellenthal, BA Fine Art Brown University, MA Fine Art SJSU; CA credentialed art instructor, painter and mixed media artist who exhibits in many private and corporate collections inc. MAH, UCSC and Open Studios. joanhellenthal.com

(ONSITE) Watercolor Thursdays (Aug-Sep 2021)

This class is geared to facilitate those who have never painted and those who have advanced their skills. Most class sessions will include a demo and then time to work on the elements of the demo. Information on materials, including colors and “gimmicks”, and tools is given throughout the six-week period. The goal of this class is to encourage the joy of painting, while improving skills and knowledge. This is a “fun” class, so bring a sense of humor and whatever materials you have and enjoy.

 

 

Instructor Linda Lord is a self-trained artist and illustrator with over 16 years teaching experience in her studio and via the SC Watercolor Society; an Open Studio artist whose exhibitions include Cozumel, Mexico. Linda also publishes with a decorative art publisher.

 

(ON SITE) Pastel Painting (June-July)

The perfect way to start the weekend… Loosen up and have fun with pastels!  Using expressive marks and color we will paint vibrant landscapes and still life. The essentials of pastel painting will be covered including approaches and methods of application, pastels from hard to soft, surface possibilities, color theory and under painting. Demos, problem solving, and lots of individual instruction are included. This class is appropriate for both beginners in pastel and those who are experienced with the medium. Just bring whatever pastels you may have and explore the possibilities of this versatile medium!

 

Instructor Joan Hellenthal, BA Fine Art Brown University, MA Fine Art SJSU; CA credentialed art instructor, painter and mixed media artist who exhibits in many private and corporate collections inc. MAH, UCSC and Open Studios. joanhellenthal.com

(LIVE ONLINE) Drawing Portraits the Easy Way

You can easily learn to draw a portrait.  Don’t waste your time trying to learn to draw portraits from a book, or an expensive on-line course, the slow way—practicing bad habits that will frustrate and disappoint you.

If you have always wanted to be able to draw portraits of friends and family, know that your lack of success is not because you don’t have talent or artistic ability, or because you don’t practice enough.  Most people who try to draw faces practice the wrong way.  In this workshop you will learn how to do amazing drawings of faces.  You will surprise your friends and family and most importantly, yourself.

You will learn the basics of portrait drawing—the good habits that will give you hours of fun and increase your ability, every time you draw.  You will learn:
  • easy to remember portrait proportions,
  • how to take advantage of lighting so that your faces don’t look flat,
  • how to place the face on the paper,
  • how to make your drawing quickly without a lot of fuss,
  • where to begin and how to proceed,
  • how to practice to increase your skill
  • a number of different media to use for the best results and much more.

No matter what your skill or background, this workshop will have you drawing faces and loving it.

 

Materials: 9 x 12 drawing paper or 8.5 x 11 inches at least 80#, a watercolor brush a No. 10 or 12 or a Chinese Calligraphy brush, a water container, a cotton rag.,a 2B pencil, a kneaded eraser, a piece of soft vine charcoal, some black watercolor, a calligraphy pen (speedball B5 point and pen point holder), a bottle of Higgins Non-waterproof India ink, handout materials will be emailed to you by the instructor. The third week you will need one sheet of drawing paper 20” x 14” and a backing board and a ruler.

Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn for 35 years. He presents workshops and lectures on creativity, drawing, and painting.  He has taught right-brain drawing and painting methods for 35 years and is the author of  the  books: Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, Travel  Drawing and  Painting, The Pocket Drawing Book, and The Practice of Drawing as Meditation.

 

(LIVE ONLINE) Spontaneous Watercolor Methods

The objective of the workshop is to learn many new and exciting ways to paint spontaneous watercolors. We will explore, experiment and nurture the creativity in each person participating. Robert likes to put fun into the process of painting. Along with his enthusiasm, and many new techniques, he will create an atmosphere for creative watercolor painting. Beginning, intermediate and accomplished watercolor painters are welcome!
Each class there will one or more painting exercises. Handout materials and some preparation instructions will be emailed to each student. At the beginning of each session you will see examples of that days painting. Then you will watch Robert demonstrate that painting. You will paint along with Robert, step by step.  There will be detailed explanations of all the painting exercises. Robert will look at each individuals endeavors and give valuable feedback. You will gain from this workshop a new enthusiasm for watercolor painting and many new techniques and knowledge that you can use for a lifetime!
Materials:
A #10 or #12 round brush. Or a Chinese calligraphy brush about the same size. Chinese calligraphy brushes and Sable hair brushes hold more water than the synthetic brushes.
A 3/4” or 1” flat watercolor  o. Or a 1” Hake brush.
A watercolor palette filled with watercolor paint.
Colors can be what you have but you must have some black. Robert will be using: Permanent Rose or Alizarine Crimson, Vermillion, Azo yellow (Aureolin), Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Phthalocyanine Blue or Prussian Blue, Hookers Green or Viridian Green, Burnt Sienna, and Black. You don’t have to have these colors.
A No. 2 HB pencil (sharp), a cotton rag, some tissues.
One full sheet of 140# cold pressed watercolor paper torn down to 7.5” x 11” and a backing board or one watercolor block 8” x 10” or 9” x 12”.
A water container–an empty peanut butter jar or a yogurt container will work fine.
A mouth atomizer–available from art suppliers and a small plastic cup or shot glass.
A wooden skewer
A spray bottle. Some salt.
One sheet of copy paper and some masking tape.
A plastic card, (door key or old credit card),
A scissors.
Some heavy white paper for mounting paintings–will discuss in first class.
Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn 39 years. A California artist and keynote speaker on subjects of creativity, he has authored: Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing, and The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, The Pocket Drawing Book, and articles on drawing and watercolor painting in American Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magazine. He has a bachelors degree in architecture from the University of Illinois and a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

(OUTDOORS) Plein Air Landscape (Oil/Acrylic) Painting

This class meets on locations in Santa Cruz County to paint the landscape.  Location painting can be challenging because of the fleeting light and distractions in the environment, but Barbara will demonstrate each step in a loose and painterly style to help students learn atmospheric perspective, color, brush strokes, paint application, composition and details of successful location painting. More painting topics will be discussed, and questions answered.  Barbara ‘s class is guaranteed to be fun and informative.

 

(ON SITE) Pastel Painting (May-June)

Socially distant class in the Art League Gallery.

The perfect way to start the weekend… Loosen up and have fun with pastels!  Using expressive marks and color we will paint vibrant landscapes and still life. The essentials of pastel painting will be covered including approaches and methods of application, pastels from hard to soft, surface possibilities, color theory and under painting. Demos, problem solving, and lots of individual instruction are included. This class is appropriate for both beginners in pastel and those who are experienced with the medium. Just bring whatever pastels you may have and explore the possibilities of this versatile medium!

 

 

Instructor Joan Hellenthal, BA Fine Art Brown University, MA Fine Art SJSU; CA credentialed art instructor, painter and mixed media artist who exhibits in many private and corporate collections inc. MAH, UCSC and Open Studios. joanhellenthal.com